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The rural housing questionCommunity and planning in Britain's countrysides$
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Madhu Satsangi

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423856

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423856.001.0001

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Planning and affordable rural housing

Planning and affordable rural housing

Chapter:
(p.125) Twelve Planning and affordable rural housing
Source:
The rural housing question
Author(s):

Madhu Satsangi

Nick Gallent

Mark Bevan

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847423856.003.0012

This chapter focuses on planning and affordable rural housing. One of the important tactical solutions to the shortage of reasonably priced housing is the use of the planning system to procure affordable homes through development control. And an obvious answer to the basic question of how affordable housing should be provided is through some sort of subsidy on construction cost, whether the land to be built on is in private or public hands. In effect, part of the government's welfare spending was focused on the provision of affordable homes. This was the norm of the twentieth century, with the state using taxpayers' money to build public housing. However, in the later decades of the twentieth century, political support for this approach drained away because it was argued that full-cost subsidy for house-building by the public sector was an inefficient means of providing cheaper housing. Also, because land costs can account for a significant proportion of total build costs, it was believed that switching to land subsidy could be a means of reducing the burden on taxpayers while achieving the same level of affordability. Before discussing how this approach has been achieved and its success, the chapter first discusses the evolution of this approach and its origins, which were rooted with those of the planning system itself.

Keywords:   planning system, affordable rural housing, building subsidies, land subsidies

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